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Richard Eyre's production of Long Day's Journey Into Night is set to transfer to the West End in early 2018.
The show first ran at the Bristol Old Vic in March 2016, starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, and the play will now transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre in January. Irons and Manville will reprise their roles in the London production. It will run from 27th January to 8th April 2018.
Eugene O'Neill's drama is about the Tyrone family in the summer of 1912. Long Day's Journey Into Night is party autobiographical; O'Neill wrote the play as a gift for his wife on their 12th wedding anniversary and was written to show the world what his family life was like growing up. The play is set over one day (hence the title) and O'Neill requested the play was published posthumously. It was first performed in Sweden in 1956, and opened in New York later the same year, for which it won the Tony Award for Best Play.
Jeremy Irons worked extensively on stage in the 1970s and '80s, appearing in productions at Bristol Old Vic (where he trained) and across the West End before taking an 18 year break from theatre. He returned in 2003 to appear in a New York production of A Little Night Music and has since starred in Embers (Duke of York's) and Never So Good (National Theatre). In 1984, he made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing for which he received a Tony Award for Best Actor. His film work includes Reversal of Fortune, The Lion King and Elizabeth I.
Lesley Manville in a Olivier Award-winning actress who has starred in productions of Ghosts (Almeida), Grief (National Theatre) and Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Vic).
O'Neill is regarded as one of the great American playwrights. He is the only person to win th Pulitzer Prize for Drama four times (Long Day's Journey Into Night won the prize in 1957), and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1936. His other work plays include The Iceman Cometh, Mourning Becomes Electra and Ah Wilderness!.
The cast of the Bristol Old Vic production of Long Day's Journey Into Night also featured Hadley Fraser and Billy Howle.
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